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Maunawili Falls Trail

MODERATE 830 reviews

Maunawili Falls Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kailua, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,210 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

forest

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

This trail begins in a residential area. Please be mindful of residents, be quiet, and park legally. There are no bathrooms or other facilities at the trailhead. Please use the restroom before you come and pack out all trash. The rainforest in this area sees a lot of visitors, so it is important to minimize your impact in every way you can. A nice hike through the jungle to great view of Kailua, Maunawilli Falls, and a swimming hole. Maunawili Trail contours the base of the Koolau Mountain Range on the windward side. It begins off the Pali Highway and ends in Waimanalo. It offers spectacular views of the windward side of Oahu, Olomana, and the Koolaupoko watershed. Vegetation along the trail includes mountain apple, rose apple, ti, naupaka, mamake, lobelia, koa and ohia. Maunawili Trail is a good family trail. There are three access points for this trail. The Maunawilli Falls Trail is a great hike in Kailua along the river that eventually stops at a beautiful waterfall with a great swimming hole below. Many people like to jump from the waterfall into the pool below, and some with a bit more courage even climb higher to the side of the waterfall to jump further (try at your own risk). The trail is often muddy, especially after rains, and you will cross the river several times along the trail. About half way through the hike you will break out of the trees for some nice views of the surrounding mountains and views towards Kailua in the distance.

10 minutes ago

Nice hike. Muddy. Great swimming under the waterfall.

9 days ago

Enjoyed the waterfall and jumping in. We got to the waterfall around 10:30 and it was a bit crowded. As people have mentioned, it was muddy, but with the streams to cross, you can kind of wash off. Very pretty hike. We enjoyed the views along the way.

11 days ago

Fun, muddy hike. I recommend going early morning to avoid crowds.

hiking
15 days ago

VERY muddy trail and very slippery at times so be prepared to get dirty. Definitely wear shoes with good grip, no sandals. Waterfall/swimming hole is worth it- very cold but very refreshing! Not too hard of a hike but the mud definitely slows you down, bring towels for the end

hiking
19 days ago

Fun hike, very muddy.

hiking
20 days ago

It is the muddiest trail I have done. Take good grippy shoes, not flip flops! And be prepared to not care about your shoes. There is a section at the end where you have to walk up the river.
Also there is a bacteria warning sign at the entrance but we talked to some locals and they say the water is alright and they go all the time

20 days ago

Absolutely Beautiful forest, but extreme mud on top of slippery tree roots made it difficult to thoroughly enjoy. Falls was small but ok.

24 days ago

Hiked 12.21 - incredibly muddy. Waterfall is pretty but nothing special. Could be a much nicer hike if not as muddy

24 days ago

Definitely the muddiest hike we have done here. But it has the coolest little swimming and waterfall ending. Be sure to crawl up the falls area a bit to see a second smaller falls and pool. Will do again during the dry season.

27 days ago

A little disappointed that I couldn’t end this trail...
I was on my own and got too scared to get lost or fall without anyone except bugs to notice !
But the trail as far as I went is amazing. Requires lots of balance (muddy and really slippery) and flexibility. Cross the river many times. will try again if I ever come back, and not on my own this time :)

28 days ago

my dog and i love this trail. i would say it’s on the easy side of moderate, but with factors like mud and changes in terrain keeping you on your toes. it’s perfect if you want a quick and very entertaining jaunt without getting too exhausted. the jungle vibe is amazing on this trail — just stunning. i love it.

28 days ago

Beautiful muddy couple hours

The view is breathtaking

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Muddy, in and out of rivers, forests, all kinds of trees and flowers with a beautiful waterfall at the end! Not very physically difficult but it is slippery and that can slow you down a bit, increasing time to about 3-4 hours. So worth it! One of my favorites

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike & nice cliff jump options at the end.

hiking
1 month ago

A Fun trail with a refreshing surprise at the end !

1 month ago

Nice trail. Not spectacular for Hawaii but would be a 5 star trail in most states. Muddy and slick with many water crossings. Probably best to just accept that you'll get muddy and wet early on and just plow right in rather than trying to stay clean and dry. Quite a few people out for Thanksgiving day

1 month ago

The trail is very muddy, but overall very fun. The water is very cold, but it is beautiful.

1 month ago

This trail was so much fun! Super muddy and slippery but that’s what spikes are for. The waterfall was RAGING today after a nice rainy weekend. We got to the waterfall around 10am (started hike at 8:30) and had it all to ourselves so definitely try to start early-ish. The swimming hole is cold but so refreshing. Can’t wait to do this one again!!!

2 months ago

It’s pretty fun, and the falls is worth the trip. A couple beautiful spots for photos along the way. It’s totally muddy, but so is everything!!!!

2 months ago

I loved this hike! Definitely bring shoes that u dont care for since it will get super muddy. Bring bug spray because there are LOTS of bugs. I got bit everywhere. I’d recommend starting the hike around noon or early afternoon the latest. Make sure u dont stay there when it gets dark because it’s easy to get lost. The waterfall is nice and there’s an area you can jump from. Also, make sure you bring covers for your car and/or extra clothes so you dont get your car ruined or muddy.

hiking
2 months ago

Everyone is right. Super muddy and is a challenge to not fall because of it. Super rad hike through a very cool forest and some cool lookout spots. Wear shoes you don’t care about or water shoes. Do not wear flip flops, several people did and ended up walking barefoot.

hiking
2 months ago

Super fun hike!!! It was really muddy today and both my friends slipped and fell but I was still fun! Definitely recommend wearing shoes that your willing to ruin.

2 months ago

muddy when we went but the hike is great.
well worth the work when you get to the falls.
great swimming hole even if your not into jumping off low, med or high jumping spots.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on 10.22.18. Started at 9 am and took about 1.5 hours down and 1 hour back. We were the only ones at the waterfall for a bit but crossed paths with a ton of people on our way back, so if you want to avoid crowds, go early. Trail was extremely muddy which made footing tricky but still doable.

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked this mid-October with 11 other adults, ages ranging from 30-66 years old. It was difficult, as almost the entire trail was very muddy. But we enjoyed the challenge. There were a couple lookout points which afforded amazing views. They were breathtaking, overlooking the ocean at one point and taking in the mountain range from another. Reaching the waterfall was so exciting. There were two areas from which to jump off high above the waterfall, approximately 40 feet. There was also another place to jump closer to the waterfall that was maybe 10 or 12 feet high. That was exhilarating as the water was cold. We enjoyed resting our feet in the water, swimming around, and jumping into the waterfall. The return hike went quickly thankfully. It took us just over 2 hours to make the round trip. I'd recommend a great pair of hiking water shoes with traction that are broken in, of course, and very comfortable. The water shoes will be helpful as you cross the river several times to and from the waterfall and when you're climbing to different heights to jump in, and/or when you walk into the waterfall to swim around. Totally worth the hike to reach the waterfall.

hiking
2 months ago

Way too long. This is actually 6 miles round trip, not 3 like it says. Way too muddy. The waterfall was cool but not worth it. You will be calf deep in water and mud so any pair of shoes you wear will be ruined and soaked. A lot of wading in the river

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this today 10/16/18. Trail extremely muddy after rain last night. It would probably take weeks for this trail to dry out, so expect major mud the entire time. I wore strapped Teva’s and it was much better vs boots as for portions of the hike I just went though the river vs the extremely muddy trail. Bring a towel to wipe off after!

hiking
3 months ago

Fun easy hike - as long as you do not mind getting VERY MUDDY and wet. Without the mud this would be an easy hike. This is only moderate because of the mud and potential to slip and fall. The reward is the falls at the end and the jumps/swim. Bring extra clothing/footwear and a bag for the dirty/wet shoes and clothing

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